This photo-like image was acquired by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer modis.gsfc.nasa.gov/ (MODIS) on the aqua.nasa.gov/ Aqua satellite on February 26, 2007, at 11:50 a.m. local time (9:50 UTC). The storm was a mature and powerful tropical cyclone, with a well-defined eye at its center and far-reaching, tightly wound spiral arms. According to the University of Hawaii's www.solar.ifa.hawaii.edu/Tropical/ Tropical Storm Information Center, Cylone Gamede has sustained winds of 175 kilometers per hour (110 miles per hour) around the eyewall at the time this image was acquired. Forecasts at the time called for the storm to avoid landfall, but to continue its grazing path between the Mascarene Islands and Madagascar, with winds continuing to intensify as the storm traveled south over warm waters.
NASA image by Jesse Allen, using data provided courtesy of the rapidfire.sci.gsfc.nasa.gov MODIS Rapid Response Team, Goddard Space Flight Center.